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Just in..Rory Mcilroy came from second place to first place today at the WGC at the Bridgestone Invitational to win the title and regain the #1 world golf ranking. The tournament was delayed due to rain…and just ended after 7:00 pm EST (gee…it was supposed to end at 6:00 pm EST) but anyhow…a lot of sports and other stuff happening so here we go!
Mcilroy becomes the first player since Tiger Woods to win back to back starts heading into the PGA Championship (next Thursday through Sunday) and because Adam Scott did not finish in the top five (a disappointing -7), he regained the #1 ranking. Wonderful performance by Rory. Another disappointment for Sergio Garcia, coming in at -13 in second place playing along side Rory. Sergio led coming into today’s final round, was playing lights out golf, but today he had only one birdie, 8 pars and a bogey and it was not enough. Speaking of Tiger, well he withdrew after nine holes at +4 after tweaking his back playing a shot out of the bunker on the second hole. More bad news for Tiger and his fans…have to wonder about his participation in the PGA Championship next week at Valhalla Country Club in Louisville, KY. So, the final leaderboard: Rory Mcilroy -15, Sergio Garcia -13, Marc Leishman -12 (solid performance by Leishman!), Justin Rose (the leader after the early rounds), Patrick Reed, Keegan Bradley and Charles Schwartzel at -9, Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler, Ryan Moore and Graeme McDowell at -7. Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker both finished at -6 along with others. One of the outstanding performances of the day goes to Phil Mickelson, playing with strep throat, who shot a final round of 62 to finish at -5 after beginning the day at +3. Young Jordan Spieth finished his play at +5.
So, next week, we wonder if Tiger will play, Rory is the new world #1 and looks like the favorite every time he takes the course (we all know anything can happen) and Adam Scott is likely not very happy after this tournament. Meanwhile…
NFL Sunday night football tonight…! Gee, are we ready for this? The Hall of Fame game from Canton, Ohio (much going on in Ohio today and tonight!) airs tonight featuring Eli Manning and the Giants vs. the Buffalo Bills. This is of course the beginning of exhibition NFL games so calm down everyone. Starters will likely see very limited action!
Two Canadian players battled it out today in the Citi Open final in our nation’s capital..Milos Raonic defeated V. Pospisil, 6-1, 6-4. This leads us to next weeks tennis tournament from Toronto, Canada..The Rogers Cup!! So excited to see Roger Federer back in action. Novak Djokovic is seeded #1 and his top half of the draw is very tough! Fed is seeded #2 (due to Rafa not competing because of a wrist injury) and he is atop the bottom half of the draw. Would not be unhappy to see another Fed – Nole final, especially after that wonderful five set final a few weeks back at Wimbledon. Interestingly, with Rafa out of this event and the Southern and Western Open in Cincy, Fed has the opportunity to move very close to the #2 ranking. Rafa won both these events last year along with the US Open. With him not competing, he will lose a huge number of points. So, if Mr. Federer can do well…it could look really interesting when we get the US Open and then the hard court season this fall! Novak is coming off his wedding and honeymoon and expecting his first child this fall. Roger will be competing with his family (wife, two sets of twins) in attendance, as always. Interesting times for these two guys for sure!! Other notables..Andy Murray has really struggled after back surgery. Stan Wawrinka has been up and down after winning the Australian Open, but he is ranked #4 in the world. Up and comers, Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov should be threats at this event and the upcoming ones as well. Going to be some great tennis for our viewing pleasure!! (K. Nishikori has unfortunately pulled out of this event due to a toe injury it has just been reported).
Tonight…I am going to watch Unforgettable on CBS at 9:00 pm EST…will check out the football action but I want to get my pop culture fix! The show that follows…Reckless which showcases Charleston, SC is kind of peaking my interest as well.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday evening!
P.S. NBA news…all signs point to Kevin Love joining LeBron in Cleveland…trade seems imminent as Andrew Wiggins, the Cav’s first round draft pick will be eligible for a trade on August 23rd. Looks like he will go to the Timberwolves along with others, and Love will head to Cleveland.